Eagles sign S Chris Maragos to 3-year deal

Eagles sign S Chris Maragos to 3-year deal
March 12, 2014, 8:15 am

The Eagles on Wednesday signed Chris Maragos to a three-year deal. (USA Today Images)

The Eagles signed safety and special teams ace Chris Maragos to a three-year contract early on Day 2 of free agency, the team announced Wednesday morning.

The modest deal is worth just over $4 million, with $1 million guaranteed and incentives that could bring the total value to about $5.2 million.

Despite his lack of starting experience, Maragos was hotly pursued in free agency, with the Eagles snatching him from the grasp of the NFC East rival Redskins, who were believed to be the favorites to sign him.

Maragos has never started an NFL game but spent the last three years with Seattle as a reserve safety and special teams standout.

This past year, Maragos played just 51 snaps on defense but was on the field for 359 of Seattle’s special teams snaps, or 80 percent.

Maragos, 27, immediately fills the role of Colt Anderson, a reserve safety and special teams ace who is now an unrestricted free agent.

Maragos entered the NFL with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin in 2010. He played in three games with the Niners in 2010 and played in 43 games with the Seahawks the last three years, including all 16 in 2012 and 2013.

Like Malcolm Jenkins, who the Eagles signed on Tuesday, Maragos has a Super Bowl ring. Maragos forced a fumble in the Super Bowl last month but it was reversed by a replay challenge.

Although Maragos’s primary role is expected to be on special teams, the Eagles do like his upside at safety, and considering the Eagles’ lack of depth at the position – Jenkins, Earl Wolff and Keelan Johnson are the only other safeties on the roster – he could get a look on defense.